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TWO CHARGED IN POST OFFICE ROBBERY, STOLEN MONEY ORDER INVESTIGATION, U.S. POSTAL INSPECTION SERVICE SAYS

TWO CHARGED IN POST OFFICE ROBBERY, STOLEN MONEY ORDER INVESTIGATION,
 U.S. POSTAL INSPECTION SERVICE SAYS
 SEATTLE, Sept. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- An intensive Postal Inspection Service investigation of the April 24, 1992, robbery of the Wauna, Wash., Post Office has led to the indictment of two persons by a federal grand jury meeting at Seattle on Sept. 9, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service announced today.
 In making this announcement, Postal Inspector in Charge Gerald A. Miera advised that Edward L. Turner, age 49, of Tacoma, faces robbery and possession of stolen postal money order charges. Jay R. Gordon, age 29, of Puyallup, is also charged by the grand jury with possession of two of the money orders stolen during the robbery. Miera said Turner has been in custody since his arrest on May 8 on unrelated state narcotics charges. Gordon is a fugitive, and the Postal Inspection Service is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information which leads to his arrest and conviction.
 Miera said the robbery occurred in the early afternoon of April 24 at Wauna, which is located in Pierce County, approximately 10 miles northwest of Tacoma. U.S. Postal Inspection Service Clerk Nancy M. Zimmerman was confronted by a male who demanded cash, postal money orders and the postal money order imprinting machine. She complied with his demands, and the robber fled the post office.
 Postal money orders taken in the robbery were later cashed by several persons at locations in Seattle and Tacoma as well as Portland, Ore., Glenwood, Colo., and Oakwood, Ill. The ensuing Inspection Service investigation, which included serving federal search warrants at Tacoma, developed evidence which led to the Sept. 9 indictment. "Our investigation continues regarding others who cashed the stolen postal money orders, and we anticipate other arrests in this case," Miera said.
 The Postal Inspection Service is the law enforcement arm of the U.S. Postal Service, responsible for enforcing more than 100 federal statutes that relate to the U.S. Mail. Postal inspectors are federal law enforcement agents. They have the power to make arrests, carry firearms and receive training similar to other law enforcement agents.
 Gordon is described as a white male, age 29, 6 feet tall, 170 pounds, blonde hair, blue eyes. He is believed to be in the Seattle/Tacoma area. Anyone with information is urged to call Seattle Postal Inspectors at a 24-hour number, 206-442-6141 or their local police. Information will be kept in confidence, Miera said.
 Robbery of a post office is punishable, upon conviction, by a term of imprisonment of up to 10 years. Possession of a stolen postal money order is punishable, upon conviction, by a $5,000 fine and/or imprisonment of up to five years for each stolen money order. Miera also advised that an indictment is a charge only, and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
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 /CONTACT: James D. Bordenet of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, 206-442-6134/ CO: U.S. Postal Inspection Service ST: Washington IN: SU:


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